Writing in English in 1943, after his risky escape to freedom in the United States, Hélion vividly depicts the sights, sounds, and smells of the camps, and shrewdly sizes up both captors and captured. In the deep humanity, humor, and unsentimental intelligence of his observations, we can recognize the artist whose long career included friendships with the likes of Mondrian, Giacometti, and Balthus, and an important role in shaping modern art movements. Hélion’s picture of almost two years without his art is a self-portrait of the artist as a man.
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...his earlier aim, to seek "a magnificent concordance between modernism and classicism," is fully realized as he pays tribute to the humanity with whom he shared those nightmare years.Read Full Review of They Shall Not Have Me: The C... | See more reviews from WSJ online
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